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Our portfolio

We fall within the Industry portfolio as a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, but operate independently of the Department on financial matters and with some degree of autonomy on other matters.

The Minister for Industry, The Hon Ian Macfarlane, has responsibility for us.

More information is available on the Department's website.

The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP

  • Minister for Industry

The Hon Bob Baldwin MP

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry

See the Ministers website.

We are the Australian Government agency responsible for granting patent, trade mark, industrial design and plant breeder's rights. We also:

  • manage programs to educate and promote awareness of the benefit of effective protection and use of intellectual property (IP)
  • provide policy advice to government
  • develop legislation to support Australia's IP system, and
  • contribute to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.
Australia's IP system is well regarded both nationally and internationally and is vital in promoting innovation, investment and international competitiveness.

Portfolio budget statements

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education Portfolio Budget 2012-13 incorporates our budget report.

Last Updated: 17/1/2014

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